£500 win in community competition
MARTON Village Cricket Club has scored 500 not out after winning a community competition run by Warwickshire-based fuel company Rix Petroleum.
The sports team, which plays at Marton Playing Fields, Louisa Ward Close, triumphed in the company’s We Care competition to win a prize of their own choice to the value of £500.
The contest was aimed at helping out charities and community groups and invited local people to vote for their favourite cause by ‘liking’ them on the social media website Facebook.
The winner was the cause that attracted the most ‘likes’ across the duration of the contest, which ran for several weeks between April and July.
Rix presented the club with its prize – a new score board – at its annual ‘ashes’ match played against neighbouring village Birdingbury and part of its festival of cricket, on Saturday, August 31st.
Michael Atkin, Marton Village Cricket Club treasurer, said he was surprised and delighted to win the prize, which had come at a very convenient time.
He said: “We are always trying to think of new ways to raise funds for the club so decided we may as well take part in the competition. But we didn’t have any kind of strategy, it was just a question of give it a try and see what happens.
“We were pleased when we found out we had won. We needed a new score board so it has come just at the right time.”
Paul Doherty, director at Coleshill-based Rix Petroleum, said he was delighted for Marton Village Cricket Club.
He said: “The village cricket team has always been a British institution but nowadays it faces competition from a whole host of other activities when trying to attract new members.
“We’re really pleased to be able to help Marton Village Cricket Club buy the new equipment it needs as this is precisely the type of project our We Care competition was set up to support.
“I hope the prize enables them all to have a fantastic season’s sport.”
Pictured: Paul Doherty, director of Rix Petroleum, with members of Marton Village Cricket Club and their new score board.